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Published in Bloomington, Indiana

OCTOBER 2017

GEL SET

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Laura Callier created 11 melancholy yet upbeat lo- electronic pop tracks for this latest GEL SET release. The album has an eccentric mix of monotone vocals, off-putting synth effects, and dance beats. Some of the more suggestive lyrics and topics, like the track “Sex Numerals,” remind me of a toned down version of PEACHES. The album art might look like a hardcore punk LP, but it is absolutely not.

- B

FFO: FEE LION, PEACHES, CHICKS ON SPEED

CARLA DAL FORNO

the garden

This four song EP is solemn, eerie, dramatic and dreamy all at once - honestly perfect for the coming months. The tracks almost sound like church hymns turned evil. The way Carla Dal Forno uses atmospheric effects in her

music makes you feel like you’re truly in another place while listening. The EP comes as a follow-up to her debut record You Know What It’s Like which was equally haunting and transportational.

- B

FFO: GROUPER, KEDR LIVANSKIY, LAUREL HALO

THE WORLD

first world record

With a humorous play on words, First World Record is this band’s debut full length LP. THE WORLD has always reminded me of late 70s and early 80s post punk and new wave. The tracks stay in line with past releases - featuring dueling saxophones and bouncing bass lines - but get a little bit more weird and playful. Lyrically, the songs are just as clever as the songwriting and instrumentation. I was stoked to see that “New Pearls” was on this record, since the only place to find it before was on YouTube. The first run of records was released on Upset The Rhythm, but will be pressed on Lumpy Records soon. THE WORLD is an Oakland supergroup - sharing members with more groups than I could even list. Definitely a MUST LISTEN!

- J

 

FFO: ESSENTIAL LOGIC, Y PANTS, DELTA 5, NEONATES

BLACK SANDWICH

squish.​

Following the release of their rst album Suddenly Wednesday on FPE Records in July, Chicago based project BLACK SANDWICH posted “squish.” on bandcamp last week. With a combination of improvisation, and crazy vocal effects, Meo Beenaux and John Briggs set re to the standards of pop music. Meo’s lyrics are on a whole new level. They
are narrative yet mysterious, while her persona changes with the different effects on each track. The recordings are raw, possibly done in one take, and have to be perfect to getcha dancing.

- J

 

FFO: GRIMES, THE MOLDY PEACHES